Art historian, writer and broadcaster Dr James Fox and his family recently stayed at Dunshay Manor, a 16th-century Purbeck stone building with Arts & Crafts interiors. With a keen interest in heritage conservation, James greatly supports our emphasis on sensitive refurbishments and has enjoyed breaks at several beautiful Landmarks across the UK.
We asked him for a few of his most memorable Landmark breaks.
1. Cavendish Hall
Situated in its own 30-acre estate of gardens and woodland, Cavendish Hall in Suffolk is a delightful example of early Regency charm.
‘We decided this was a 'house for all seasons' and that we'd be happy to stay here in the depths of winter, the height of summer, or anywhere in-between.’
From the logbook
2. Ingestre Pavilion
Situated at the end of a long woodland track, Ingestre Pavilion stands in peace and quiet at the edge of Ingestre Park. While its imposing façade dates back to 1752, new rooms behind it have been constructed in a Classical style.
‘…a sense of being ‘behind the red rope’ in your own private slice of the national heritage’
Conde Nast traveller
3. Ancient House
The Ancient House is a sweet treat for anyone interested in a cosy getaway for two. Situated in the unspoilt market town of Clare, in Suffolk, there’s plenty to do in the local area, including a host of seasonal art and literary festivals.
'It never ceases to amaze me that feeling you get when you walk into a Landmark for the first time – is this for me?’
4. West Banqueting House
This extraordinary Jacobean Landmark is located in Chipping Campden, one of the most important Jacobean sites in the country. Designed as a space in which to enjoy banquets, visitors can also experience the delights of dining in the kitchen chamber, before heading out to explore the Cotswolds.
'The view out of the bathroom window at sunrise is spectacular; we could have been in Tuscany.’
From the logbook